Constructive Conflicts

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-09
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

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This comprehensive and highly regarded book provides a framework for analyzing diverse social conflicts. The fourth edition of Constructive Conflicts maintains the book "s synthesis of theories about conflict, with key updates throughout. These include a more reader-friendly first chapter, new examples such as the Arab Spring, expanded discussions of recovery from violence and oppression, of reconciliation, and of moral concerns, and new discussions of social media and other ways conflicts are waged.Constructive Conflicts draws from relevant academic disciplines and empirical analyses of diverse conflicts to discuss the emergence, escalation, de-escalation, transformation, and settlement of conflicts. Throughout, the authors examine the strategies that partisans and intermediaries can use to minimize the destructiveness and foster constructive ways to wage and resolve conflict.

Author Biography

Louis Kriesberg is professor emeritus of sociology and Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University. He is the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts. Bruce W. Dayton is associate director and senior research scholar at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and co-research director of the international and interstate conflicts program at Maxwell's Program for the Advancement of Research on Collaboration and Conflicts.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
List of Acronymsp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Analyzing Social Conflictsp. 1
Defining Social Conflicts
Five Core Ideas about Social Conflicts
Varieties of Conflicts
Combinations Constituting Destructiveness and Constructiveness
Bases of Social Conflictsp. 23
Internal Factors
System Context
Relations between Adversaries
The Emergence of Conflictsp. 49
Identities of Self and Others
Forming Contentious Goals
Believing Redress Is Possible
Alternative Conflict Strategiesp. 85
Types of Inducements
Strategies and Modes of Struggle
Illustrative Strategies
Adopting Conflict Strategiesp. 113
Partisan Goals
Partisan Characteristics
Relations between Adversaries
Social Context
Escalation of Conflictsp. 143
Dimensions of Escalation
Processes of Escalation
Policies and Conditions Shaping Escalation
De-escalation of Conflictsp. 177
Processes of De-escalation
Changing Conditions
De-escalation Policies
Mediation in Conflictsp. 215
Mediation Defined
Social Roles
Shapers of Mediator Roles
Assessing Mediation Contributions
Settling Conflicts through Negotiated and Nonnegotiated Meansp. 247
Variations in Settlement Outcomes
Paths to Settlement
Forms and Stages of Negotiation
Outcomes and Post-Termination Sequencesp. 277
Variations in Outcomes
Variations in Post-Termination Sequences
Internal Consequences
Consequences for the Social Context
Constructive Transformations
Synthesis, Specifications, and Challengesp. 315
Selected Organizations in the Field of Constructive Conflictsp. 347
Selected Websites Relating to Social Conflictsp. 351
Notesp. 353
Subject Indexp. 405
Author Indexp. 419
About the Authorsp. 431
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